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May 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA on Thursday will begin a seven-month project to ease slow zones along the Purple Line north of Howard Street. At 9 p.m. Thursday, CTA will begin the work that includes replacing 6,000 rail ties and eliminating nearly 1.3 miles of track-related slow zones. The $2 million construction project will take place between 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. during the week, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. During night work, Purple Line trains in both directions will run on a single track.
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May 22, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Jacob Peters doesn't live near the Belmont stop in Lakeview, but Thursday he waded into what is shaping up to be a neighborhood fight over a CTA proposal to create a bypass near Belmont Avenue to ease Red, Purple and Brown line train travel. Peters, who lives in Logan Square, said he rides the CTA through Lakeview several times a week - the Red Line to visit his girlfriend in Lakeview and the Brown Line to visit his parents in Albany Park. He said he has frequently waited at the train bottleneck north of the Belmont stop.
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October 9, 2012 | ByTracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Some Brown and Purple line riders will see relief from slow zones after work begins next year on a $66 million project to repair track between the Merchandise Mart and Armitage, CTA president Forrest Claypool and Mayor Emanuel announced Tuesday. The project coincides with a new labor agreement with iron workers, who will begin the track work in the spring. Construction is expected to last into 2014. Though the Brown Line underwent a major overhaul a few years ago, the work focused on stations and platforms, not track, the CTA said.
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April 25, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The CTA has released the list of buildings that would face demolition if the Red and Purple Line overpass project goes through, and some beer taps might run dry.  Beer on Clark, Clark Street Beach, Fiesta Cantina, Beggars Pizza, Johnny O'Hagan's Irish Pub and Restaurant and the newly opened Big Cheese Poutineire  are among other buinesses and residential properties that may need to be razed to make way for the proposed Red-Purple Modernization project,...
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November 16, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Hark! The CTA has announced the dates for the return of the holiday train, its yearly decked-out transport of Christmas spirit. The train will operate from 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends, and 3 to 7 p.m. on select weekdays. Its appearances on various lines are as follows: > > Green Line: Nov. 23, 24*, 28 (from 4-8 p.m.) > > Orange Line and Brown Line: Nov. 29 (3-5:45 p.m.), 30 (3:50-6:30 p.m.) and Dec. 1* (12:50-8 p.m.) > > Pink Line: Dec. 5 > > Blue Line: Dec. 6, 7, 8 ** (includes photo-only stop on Pink Line)
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February 22, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Nearly 17 percent of CTA track is under slow zones this month, which is the slowest the rail system has been in nearly five years. The slow-zone snapshot for February shows 16.7 percent of the rail system is under slow zones, which is when a train travels 35 mph or slower. The last time the CTA saw a percentage that high was in March 2008, when the CTA logged 16.9 percent slow zones. "The slow zone percentage is a dynamic number," CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. "As we repair slow zones, other slow zones can...
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Some riders find taking a CTA train just a few stops to work every day a challenge because of slow zones and crowds. Imagine taking the train to 145 stops in one day. Last week, Going Public did just that by completing the "L" Challenge--consecutively visiting all 145 CTA stations by train--in nine hours and 17 minutes. During the trip, which began at the 95th Red Line stop and ended at the 54th/Cermak Pink Line stop, GP swiped her CTA card nine times, ate six protein bars (not on the train)
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Train riders are supposed to benefit from the CTA service changes that start Sunday. Six of the eight train routes are supposed to see more trains during rush hour. Going Public compares the new train schedules to the current train schedules and finds that not all train riders will benefit from these changes but many will. > > Blue Line Blue Line new schedule Blue Line current schedule From 7 to 9 a.m., there were be two more trains that leave Forest Park and head north than there are now. From 7 to 9 a.m.,...
NEWS
May 29, 2012 | By RedEye
The CTA tweeted around 3:43 p.m. May 29 that the Brown, Purple, and Red Line trains are experiencing delays due to fire department activity near Fullerton. The building, Roy's Home Furnishings, 2455 North Sheffield Ave., was "totally involved," with heavy smoke and fire damage, according to the Chicago Fire Department . As a result, southbound Red, Brown and Purple line trains are being turned back north at Belmont, and northbound trains are being turned back south at Armitage, a CTA spokeswoman told the Chicago Tribune . Bus shuttles...
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October 4, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA on Thursday unveiled its plans for the ailing Wilson station, the three time winner of Going Public's annual Crust Station contest that dishonors the most disgusting CTA stop. Wilson will be transformed into a transfer station for Purple Line trains. The station, which was built in 1923, will also see new glass and steel canopies, a glass-enclosed entrance along Wilson Avenue and a new entrance for Sunnyside Avenue. The station's terra cotta exterior will also be restored, the CTA said.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA is soliciting feedback on its planned overhaul of the Wilson Red Line station. The agency last week released a draft assessment of the environmental impact of the project , which would make the Wilson stop a transfer point for the Purple Line and make the stop accessible for riders with disabilities. Under the CTA's $203 million makeover plan, other changes to the station could include: > > Longer and wider platforms > > Three new station entrances > > New escalators and elevators > > Additional bike parking > > Removal of some "L" columns on Broadway ...
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November 25, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Tapped out on holiday gift ideas? Here are a few CTA token trinkets that harken back to the days of yore, the '90s, when riders could use tokens or magnetic stripe cards to pay their fares. The CTA eliminated tokens in 1999, while the magnetic stripe card, a mainstay for nearly two decades, was slated for elimination Dec. 15 before it won a reprieve thanks to problems with Ventra. Disposable farecard earrings $20 , UrbaneBeads shop on etsy.com Seller says: "I began collecting dropped and lost CTA transit passes and was inspired to reuse these cards...
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Trains run slower than 35 mph on nearly 11 percent of the CTA rail system, which is the lowest percentage the agency has posted since December 2011, according to data the CTA released Tuesday. The CTA this week reopened the Red Line south of Roosevelt Road following a five-month project to replace tracks long plagued by slow zones. In May, before construction began, 45 percent of that 10-mile Red Line stretch was a slow zone, where trains run 35 miles per hour or slower. The project helped reduce CTA's overall slow-zone percentage...
NEWS
October 17, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
What's dressed in red, in need of a monthslong fix and finally ready to make a comeback? No, not Derrick Rose. (But, yes, Derrick Rose.) It's the southern portion of the Red Line. At 4 a.m. Sunday, the CTA will reopen nine stations south of Roosevelt Road that have been closed for five months so the agency could replace track plagued by slow zones and make three stations accessible for riders with disabilities. This $425 million undertaking - one of the largest reconstruction projects in CTA history - required a massive reroute plan.
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September 9, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA has not forgotten about you, Lawrence stop. The Uptown station received a facelift last year that included stationhouse and sidewalk fixes. In a newsletter this summer to riders, the CTA said it continues to work on the Red and Purple Line modernization project that would upgrade the northern Red Line. The Lawrence stop has been previously potentially slated for closure as part of this project. The agency said it will have a draft of the environmental impact of the project next year.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA on Tuesday issued a bid for artists to apply to create artwork at the Wilson Red Line stop and eight South Side stations undergoing renovation. Paperwork, available on transitchicago.com , is due July 18. The CTA shuttered the South Side stations last month to overhaul Red Line track in a five-month project. Many of these stations, between Cermak-Chinatown and 87th Street, already have artwork but a CTA spokeswoman said the new art will complement the older works.
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Gov. Quinn last week picked a longtime politico to sit on the CTA's board--and he doesn't live anywhere near a CTA stop. Quinn nominated Frank Zuccarelli, a 20-year supervisor of Thornton Township in south Cook County, to replace John Bouman, who is leaving the board after nearly four years. Zuccarelli, who resides in South Holland, did not return a request for comment. At least one of the members of the seven-member CTA board has to live outside Chicago city limits, according to state law. But every board member should have easy access to the CTA. The CTA board meets once a month to...
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA on Thursday will begin a seven-month project to ease slow zones along the Purple Line north of Howard Street. At 9 p.m. Thursday, CTA will begin the work that includes replacing 6,000 rail ties and eliminating nearly 1.3 miles of track-related slow zones. The $2 million construction project will take place between 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. during the week, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. During night work, Purple Line trains in both directions will run on a single track.
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